Showing from the UK release date of May 20.
BENEDICTION explores the turbulent life of First World War poet, Siegfried Sassoon, through the eyes of the revered filmmaker Terence Davies.
Sassoon was a complex man who survived the horrors of fighting in the First World War and was decorated for his bravery, but who became a vocal critic of the government’s continuation of the war when he returned from service. His poetry was inspired by his experiences on the Western Front and he became one of the leading war poets of the era. Adored by members of the aristocracy as well as stars of London’s literary and stage world, he embarked on affairs with several men as he attempted to come to terms with his homosexuality.
At the same time, broken by the horror of war, he made his life’s journey a quest for salvation, trying to find it within the conformity of marriage and religion. His story is one of a troubled man in a fractured world searching for peace and self-acceptance, something which speaks as meaningfully to the modern world as it did then.
The following performances are captioned for the D/deaf and Hard Of Hearing: May 23 at 2.30pm & May 25 at 7.30pm.
Paul Verhoeven's ROBOCOP returns to cinemas to mark its 35th Anniversary, this time in its even more violent Director's Cut!
In a violent, near-apocalyptic Detroit, evil corporation Omni Consumer Products wins a contract from the city government to privatize the police force. To test their crime-eradicating cyborgs, the company leads street cop Alex Murphy (Peter Weller) into an armed confrontation with crime lord Boddicker (Kurtwood Smith) so they can use his body to support their untested RoboCop prototype. But when RoboCop learns of the company's nefarious plans, he turns on his corporate imperial masters.
Showing in The Other Screen. Films in The Other Screen have a shorter trailer reel of 5 minutes.
Writer-director Laura Wandel’s extraordinary debut takes you back to the complex and petrifying world of the school playground. Seven-year-old Nora is reluctant to go back to school, longing to stay home with her dad. But although she’s the one who is the novice, she soon becomes aware that it’s her older brother, Abel who’s being bullied by the other kids. Should she tell the adults or remain silent in solidarity with Abel? And if she does tell the grown-ups, will they help, and will there be consequences? The original title – Un monde – encapsulates how, for a child, the playground’s politics, conflicts and abuses form your entire world and, for the duration of Playground, we view that world at child-height.
On Her Majesty's Secret Service features George Lazenby's only outing as the British agent and sees Bond leave the Secret Service to track down his old enemy Blofeld (Telly Savalas), who is holed up in a mountain hideaway working on a scheme to devastate the world's agriculture with biological weapons.
Years ahead of its time, O.H.M.S.S. has gone down in history as one of the boldest films of the series with an ending that challenges audiences to this very day.
Written and produced by Steven Spielberg, this now classic horror flick from '82, directed by Tobe Hooper was E.T.'s lesser-seen malevolent cousin. Things start going bump in the night in a suburban home, much to the consternation of its resident family. When the youngest daughter gets sucked into the television screen, her parents call in an eccentric psychic for assistance.
In 1893, heavily pregnant Molly Johnson (Leah Purcell) and her children struggle to survive the harsh Australian landscape after her husband leaves to drove sheep in the high country. One day, she finds escaped Indigenous Australian convict (Rob Collins) wounded on her property and an unlikely bond begins to form between them. Meanwhile, new town lawman Nate Clintoff realises that Molly's husband is missing and sends his constable to investigate. A thrilling tale that explores racism and misogyny under colonial rule, and a labour of love for Purcell, who has also adapted Henry Lawson’s short story into a play and a novel.
The following performances are captioned for the D/deaf and Hard Of Hearing: May 30 at 2.30pm & June 1 at 7.30pm.
Based on the novel by Robert Heinlein. In the distant future, the Earth is at war with a race of giant alien insects. Little is known about the Bugs except that they are intent on the eradication of all human life. But there was a time before the war... A Mobile Infantry travels to distant alien planets to take the war to the Bugs. They are a ruthless enemy with only one mission: Survival of their species no matter what the cost... But which species are we talking about?
Verhoeven's ultimate comment on propaganda, fascism and colonialism, STARSHIP TROOPERS marked the Dutch director's penultimate film before retirement from American filmmaking, having amassed an intruiging body of work that offers an outsider's perspective on - and is an ironic product of - American excess and empire.
The first foray into sound filmmaking by one of cinema's pivotal artists, VAMPYR remains a cornerstone work of the horror genre. The dreamlike tale of an occult-obsessed student's visit to a small French village, as he is drawn into the unsettling mystery around a stricken family's struggle with malevolent forces, remains an unparalleled evocation of the uncanny.
Adapting the haunted stories of Sheridan Le Fanu, Carl Th. Dreyer's ceaseless innovation delivers a tour-de-force of supernatural phantasmagoria and creeping unease, via audacious camerawork and sound design.
Presented from an all-new 2K restoration by the Danish Film Institute, supported by the MEDIA program Creative Europe, and taking more than a decade to complete – materials from several European archives (including the BFI, CNC and DFI) have been meticulously scanned and assessed to create the highest quality and most faithful version of VAMPYR possible. Now unveiled for the film’s 90th anniversary, one of the most visually and aurally distinctive horror films ever made returns to cinemas in a definitive incarnation that achieves the full experience Dreyer intended audiences to have.
Showing in The Other Screen. Films in The Other Screen have a shorter trailer reel of 5 minutes.
High up on the Tibetan plateau amongst unexplored and inaccessible valleys lies one of the last sanctuaries of the wild world, where rare and undiscovered fauna lives. Vincent Munier, one of the world's most renowned wildlife photographers, takes the adventurer and novelist Sylvain Tesson (In the Forest of Siberia) with him on his latest mission. For several weeks, they'll explore these valleys searching for unique animals and try to spot the snow leopard, one of the rarest and most difficult big cats to approach.
Original score by Warren Ellis featuring Nick Cave.
Roger Moore was tailor-made for the forthcoming era of 70s/80s James Bond, but his inaugural outing in Live And Let Die was as hard-hitting as it was slyly humourous.
When Bond (Roger Moore) investigates the murders of three fellow agents, he finds himself a target, evading vicious assassins as he closes in on powerful Kananga (Yaphet Kotto). Known on the streets as Mr. Big, Kananga is coordinating a global threat, using tons of self-produced heroin. As Bond tries to unravel the mastermind's plan, he meets Solitaire (Jane Seymour), a beautiful tarot-card reader, whose magic is crucial to the crime lord.
Bob Fosse's show-stopping triumph, CABARET, returns to the big screen to mark its 50th Anniversary.
Launching Best Actress Oscar® winner Liza Minnelli to icon status following a truly spellbinding performance, this masterful musical remains a dazzling study of hedonism and sexual ambiguity in pre-war Berlin that continues to wow on the big screen 50 years on.
Invite audiences to celebrate this 8 Academy Award®-winning classic in all its glory. After all... life is a cabaret, old chum!
+ Q&A with producer-director Benjamin Field and producer Jamie Anderson live on-stage.
Discover the experiences that helped shape this puppetry pioneer and legendary producer.
Gerry Anderson and his teams produced a collection of groundbreaking and internationally-loved sci-fi adventure shows and films – including THUNDERBIRDS and CAPTAIN SCARLET – that continue to enthral successive generations decades after their first transmission. But what really inspired and drove him to become such a prolific creator? This new documentary uses previously unseen and unheard interviews, combined with cutting-edge technology, to map Gerry Anderson’s previously uncharted journey: from a poverty-stricken childhood, raised by a Jewish father and an anti-Semitic mother, to becoming a puppetry pioneer and legendary producer.
Coming to King Street from June 4!
Directed by Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert, collectively known as Daniels, EVERYTHING EVERYWHERE ALL AT ONCE is a hilarious and big-hearted sci-fi action adventure about an exhausted Chinese American woman (Michelle Yeoh) who can't seem to finish her taxes.
The following performances are captioned for the deaf and Hard Of Hearing: June 6 at 14:30 & June 8 at 19:30.
David Lean's cinematic opus, LAWRENCE OF ARABIA, celebrates its 60th Anniversary this year and launches our Vintage Sundays strand. Vintage Sundays sees us bring back some of the most beautiful, epic, grandest and best loved films from the medium's long, storied history. Look out for Peter Cushing in an out-of-this-world Dr. Who double-bill in July!
LAWRENCE OF ARABIA is one of cinema's most majestic epics. David Lean's monumental biopic of TE Lawrence, an idealist British officer assigned to work with Arab warriors in the desert, sees Peter O'Toole inhabit the title role like a second skin and the result is a visual and emotional tour de force.
Travel back in time to the fantasy world of Thra. Jen and Kira, surviving members of the Gelfling tribe, set out to find the crystal’s missing shard and begin a dangerous journey that will bring them face to face with evil Skeksis and mysterious creatures at every turn. Jen and Kira will not back down as they race the clock to save their planet in this masterful live-action fantasy starring some of the most imaginative creatures ever put on film.
Featuring puppetry from the unique craftsmanship of Jim Henson, THE DARK CRYSTAL was one of 1982's most enduring fantasy features.
In the aftermath of a personal tragedy, Harper (Jessie Buckley) retreats alone to the serene English countryside, hoping to have found a place to heal. But someone or something from the surrounding woods appears to be stalking her. What begins as simmering dread becomes a fully-formed nightmare, inhabited by her darkest memories and fears in visionary filmmaker Alex Garland's (EX MACHINA, ANNIHILATION) feverish, shape-shifting new film.
The following performances are captioned for the deaf and Hard Of Hearing: June 13 at 2.30pm & June 15 at 7.30pm.
Timothy Dalton, originally desired by Albert R. Broccoli to take on the role after Sean Connery retired, made a mark of serious authority in 1987s The Living Daylights, his first of two outings as the super spy.
British secret agent James Bond (Timothy Dalton) helps KGB officer Georgi Koskov (Jeroen Krabbé) defect during a symphony performance. During his debriefing, Koskov reveals that a policy of assassinating defectors has been instated by new KGB head Leonid Pushkin (John Rhys-Davies). But as Bond explores this threat, a counterplot surfaces, involving a shady American arms dealer (Joe Don Baker) and a pair of Russian assassins, Necros (Andreas Wisniewski) and Kara Milovy (Maryam d'Abo).
THE INNOCENTS is an original and highly tense psychological tale, filled with chilling supernatural elements and unexpected moments. It won both the Audience Award and the Critic’s Award at Gérardmer International Fantasy Film Festival 2022
During a bright Nordic summer, four children living in the same housing estate are left to their own devices. But when the adults aren’t looking, playtime takes a dangerous turn as they reveal some dark and mysterious powers. THE INNOCENTS was written and directed by Eskil Vogt, writer of THELMA, OSLO, AUGUST 31ST and THE WORST PERSON IN THE WORLD, and director of award-winning Norwegian drama BLIND.
Colm Bairéad’s beautifully understated feature debut finds a young girl coming to terms with loss and the importance of family in rural Ireland.
Nine-year-old Cait (Catherine Clinch) is neglected by her pregnant mother, boorish father and louder siblings. At school, she feels ignored. But things change when her father takes her to live with in-laws for the summer. Eibhlín (Carrie Crowley) and her farmer husband Seán (Andrew Bennett) take Cait in to alleviate her parent’s financial woes. At first, Cait feels a little intimidated by her new environment, though she soon finds freedom in this new world along with the attention she so desperately needs. But even as this new home becomes an idyll for her, Cait senses that something is plaguing her new foster parents. There is unspoken grief that exists in the house, one that Eibhlín and Seán never discuss, but which Cait’s youthful curiosity begins to uncover.
An adaptation of Claire Keegan’s acclaimed short story Foster, Bairéad’s Irish-language film is understated in both its visual style and the subtlety of the unfolding drama. The pastoral backdrop is a verdant playground for Cait, while Stephen Rennick’s wistful score not only accentuates the beauty of this world but also the secrets that lay hidden within it. At its heart lies an astonishing performance by Clinch. She quietly draws us into Cait’s world, her gestures allowing us to witness the lives of adults through her innocent yet understanding eyes.
The following performance is captioned for the deaf and Hard Of Hearing: June 20 at 2.30pm.
A dazzling and bittersweet romantic drama from acclaimed filmmaker Mia Hansen-Løve (Eden, Things to Come), BERGMAN ISLAND tells the story of two couples spending their summer on the breathtaking island of Fårö, where revered filmmaker Ingmar Bergman lived and worked for over forty years.
Chris (Vicky Krieps) and Tony (Tim Roth) are both filmmakers, hoping to find inspiration for their next films as they retreat to the island to work on their screenplays. Meanwhile Amy (Mia Wasikowska) and Joseph (Anders Danielsen Lie), who were once lovers, are staying on Fårö to celebrate the wedding of their friend. As the summer passes by, the lines between reality and fiction become increasingly blurred as reminders of Bergman’s legacy playfully influence both stories.
Set against the stunning landscape of the Swedish island, Hansen-Løve’s latest feature is laced with characteristically semi-autobiographical elements, and is both a mischievous and elegant contemplation of love, memory and the journey of the creative process.
The following performances are captioned for the deaf and Hard Of Hearing: June 27 at 2.30pm and June 29 at 7.30pm.
Showing in The Other Screen. Films in The Other Screen have a shorter trailer reel of five minutes.
WILD MEN is a razor-sharp, Coen Brothers-esque, black comedy.
Martin’s version of a mid-life crisis looks a little different than most. Hilariously ill-equipped to live off the land and yet clad in Viking-like animal skins, he wanders the forest in a misguided attempt to regain his independence. But when he crosses paths with an injured drug dealer, he finds an unlikely ally in his quest for “manhood.” The duo begin a beautiful friendship spent evading police, criminals, and the cold hard reality which the world seeks to bring them back to. Premiering at Tribeca Film Festival, WILD MEN is an original take on a comedic crime caper.
Released with the support of the BFI, awarding funds from the National Lottery.
Mike Hodges' gritty 1971 classic has been restored in 4K for the first time by the BFI.
GET CARTER has become acknowledged as one of the greats of British cinema. Jack Carter (Caine), a London gangster, travels to Newcastle after his brother is killed in a supposed accident, but Carter suspects that things may not be as they seem. Using his documentary, realist aesthetic, Hodges’ first feature is a violent, uncompromising classic of the genre, featuring outstanding performances from Caine and Hendry, not to mention Newcastle itself, and is also notable for the extraordinarily quick turnaround from the book being published and the film being made (eight months).
+ Q&A with the film's director, Charlie Shackleton live on-stage.
Fragments of hundreds of films from around the world bring together an ensemble cast of actors with one thing in common: each is no longer alive. Together, they contend with a fragile existence lived solely through these traces of their work.
THE AFTERLIGHT exists as a single 35mm film print. Further eroding every time it screens, the film is a living document of its life in circulation. Eventually it will disappear entirely.
We're delighted to welcome Charlie Shackleton to King Street for a Q&A following our screening of his film. We're his second stop on his UK and Ireland tour, following the film's first screening at BFI Southbank on June 29.
The wild world of adolescence has rarely been captured with as sharp an observational eye as in this refreshingly smart, frank spin on the teen comedy by director Amy Heckerling and screenwriter Cameron Crowe—for each of whom it kicked off a hugely successful film career. Based on Crowe’s experiences going undercover as a student at a Southern California high school,FAST TIMES AT RIDGEMONT HIGH blends hormone-fueled hilarity with an almost sociological examination of the 1980s teenage experience: the shopping mall hangouts, fast-food jobs, buzzkill teachers, awkward dates, and first experiences of love and sex. This pop-culture touchstone launched to stardom practically an entire cast of unknowns—including Jennifer Jason Leigh, Phoebe Cates, Judge Reinhold, Forest Whitaker, Anthony Edwards, Eric Stoltz, and Sean Penn as stoner icon Jeff Spicoli—and broke new ground in its raw yet sensitive depiction of the realities of coming of age.
The Doctor's only cinematic adventures are rereleased into cinemas, remastered in glorious 4K, and we have them for a very special double-bill on July 10 at 3pm.
Tickets on-sale from June 22.
Released initially in 1965 and 1966 respectively and directed by Gordon Flemyng, these two films, shot in glorious Technicolor, boast a beloved cast including Peter Cushing as the Timelord, ably supported by Bernard Cribbins, Roberta Tovey, Roy Castle and Jennie Linden.
DR. WHO & THE DALEKS (1965) was the first big screen film adaptation of British TV’s most iconic sci-fi hero, and the first time Doctor Who was ever seen in colour. Having invented the TARDIS, a strange machine capable of travelling into other dimensions, the Doctor and his three young accomplices set forth on a quest through time and space. Their journey takes them into the dark, undiscovered depths of the universe and to the planet of Skaro, a primitive world devastated by nuclear war and populated by two warring species, a peaceful tribe known as Thals and a life form heavily mutated by radiation, encased in protective machines, a merciless force of destruction known as The Daleks!
The second film, DALEKS’ INVASION EARTH 2150 A.D sees Cushing return to the big screen – the future of Planet Earth now belongs to The Daleks, but deep within the London Underground a group of resistance freedom fighters are planning an attack. Can The Doctor help them succeed in destroying their extra-terrestrial enemies and take back control of Earth?
Please note: there will be an interval of 15 minutes between each film.
Six years after Timothy Dalton's Licence To Kill, Pierce Brosnan walks the gunbarrel in a post-Soviet era GoldenEye.
When a powerful satellite system falls into the hands of Alec Trevelyan, AKA Agent 006 (Sean Bean), a former ally-turned-enemy, only James Bond (Pierce Brosnan) can save the world from an awesome space weapon that -- in one short pulse -- could destroy the earth! As Bond squares off against his former compatriot, he also battles Trevelyan's stunning ally, Xenia Onatopp (Famke Janssen), an assassin who uses pleasure as her ultimate weapon.
Experience the original landmark motion picture that inspired a new generation of digital filmmakers and became a favourite of fans and critics across the world. Relive the electrifying thrills of TRON with an all-new, state-of-the-art digital restoration and enhanced high-definition sound. When a brilliant video game maker named Flynn (Jeff Bridges) hacks the mainframe of his ex-employer, he is beamed inside an astonishing digital world and becomes part of the very game he is designing.
Groundbreaking is the understatement of the century!
Before anybody corrects us on the release year here... THE KING OF COMEDY was made and finished in 1982, and released in Iceland on 18 December of that year. But just to be clear, we're not showing the Icelandic language version!
Academy Award Winner Robert De Niro, Jerry Lewis and Sandra Bernhard give mesmerizing performances in this “chilling black comedy” (TV Guide’s Movie Guide) that explores the painfully high and often hilarious price of fame. Desperate to be a star, struggling stand-up comedian Rupert Pupkin (De Niro) enlists the aid of his fanatical friend Masha (Bernhard) to kidnap talk show host Jerry Langford (Lewis). The ransom? A guest spot for Pupkin. The results? Outrageous! THE KING OF COMEDY stands as Scorsese’s prophetic masterpiece which confronts a celebrity culture that “looks more disturbingly current with each passing year” (Lucia Bozzola, All Movie Guide).
Over the years, star Kurt Russell and master of horror John Carpenter have teamed up on a multitude of films (BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA and ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK to name two) but of all their collaborations, 1982's horror/sci-fi amalgam THE THING surely tops the list.
A research team based out in the snowy wilds of Antarctica find themselves besieged by a terrifying, shape-shifting creature which has found its way into their base. When it becomes clear that the creature can take the form of any organism it so chooses, the tension within the team reaches breaking point any one of them could be... THE THING.
We began our 1982 season with a future noir (BLADE RUNNER), depicting a city overrun with "progress", so we felt it fitting to end the season with a documentary about the slow crawl of technology into urban life - and our dependence on it.
ko yaa nis qatsi (from the Hopi language) n., 1. crazy life 2. life in turmoil; 3. life out of balance; 4. life disintegrating; 5. a state of life that calls for another way of living.
Told without dialogue, narration, cast or characters, KOYAANISQATSI is a dizzying, hypnotic example of cinema set to an extraordinary score by Philip Glass. It contrasts natural beauty with a population ever more dependent on modern technology.
Shot on a low budget in New York City and the American South West, the film found support from Francis Ford Coppola where it found a larger audience and has gone on to become a cult classic.